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Pakistan withstand Moeen Ali onslaught to share T20 series

Fifty up: Haider Ali PICTURE: GETTY

A MAGNIFICENT half-century from Moeen Ali could not save England from a five-run defeat to Pakistan in the final T20 international at Old Trafford, a result which ensured the tourists drew the series 1-1.

After coming to the crease at 65 for three with England chasing 191, Ali helped the hosts bounce back from 69 for four thanks to a 33-ball blitz of 61, reaching 50 in 25 balls.

However, the all-rounder was dismissed with seven balls to go and 17 runs required, leaving England’s tail with too much left to do. Earlier, teenage debutant Haider Ali and veteran Mohammad Hafeez provided the fireworks in Pakistan’s imposing total.

Haider, 19, marked his international bow with a terrific 54 from 33 balls to underline his reputation as one of his country’s brightest prospects.

Hafeez, 20 years Haider’s senior, registered his second consecutive half-century and finished on 86 not out — equalling his career-best for Pakistan in this format — as the tourists finished on 190 for four.